Cartoon from The Scourge…, a monthly publication of the early 19th century that also described itself as the …Expositor of Imposture and Folly, featuring works by George Cruikshank.

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Uncut in 12 volumes with paper labels to the boards, the set contains a total of 77, mostly folding engraved or etched plates, all hand coloured – and among which are a great many by George Cruikshank.

The New York catalogue entry does not specify how many, but that for a rather poor set sold by Christie’s for £3200 in 2006, as part of the library of the Duke of Gloucester, noted a total of 42 by Cruikshank.

One of those that bear his name is ‘The Blessings of Paper Money’, shown here.